FAHAD AL SHAMSI, GENERAL SECRETARY UAEJJF – THE UAEJJF IS DEDICATED TO SERVING THE SPORT AND ASPIRES TO CONSTANTLY ELEVATE ITS STANDARDS
With the conclusion of the 2019-2020 domestic season, it is time to look back on another successful year of competitions, technical development, and achievements by our fighters, coaches, and support staff. We look forward to the 2020-2021 season, as we persevere to raise the bar even higher.
To everyone within the jiu-jitsu community, I would like to urge you to stay true to the values this wonderful sport teaches us. Keep up your spirits, train hard, strengthen your body and mind, and be a responsible pillar of the community.
UAEJJF TARGETS GROWTH OF PARA JIU-JITSU COMMUNITY AS PART OF COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY FOR PEOPLE OF DETERMINATION 2020-2024
In line with the Comprehensive Strategy for People of Determination 2020-2024 announced by the UAE Government, the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation is committed to promoting the sport amongst people of determination, helping them to achieve excellence on the mat and aid the growth of self-confidence amongst these athletes.
The UAEJJF was always committed to raising the profile of para jiu-jitsu and would strive to enhance the reach of the sport in order to allow as many people of determination easy access to the sport in order to experience its many benefits by organizing a growing number of para jiu-jitsu training camps, competitions, and also help talented athletes compete in international competitions.
WADIMA AL YAFEI AIMS FOR ‘PERFECT STAR’ TO UPCOMING SEASON
At just 20, Wadima Al Yafei is one of the UAE’s brightest female jiu-jitsu fighters and one who has managed to consistently bring home laurels at domestic and international competitions. After a strong 2019-2020 season, one in which Wadima bagged the gold medal in the 49-kg class at the Grand Slam Los Angeles and added a World Youth Championship gold medal, Wadima has set her sights on making a few more additions to her trophy cabinet in the upcoming 2020-2021 season.
“I felt emptiness without jiu-jitsu, but I ensured that I worked on my fitness and recalibrated my goals during the lockdown. I just don’t want to stop training, it is like I can’t get enough of the sport,” she said.
CRACKING THE ‘CONSISTENCY’ CODE SETS ALAMRI ON PATH TO GLORY
26-year-old Mohamed Alamri managed to turn heads with a string of impressive performances in UAEJJF-organised tournaments over the last season.
Alamri turns out for Al Wahda Jiu-Jitsu Club, competing in the 85 kg category. Alamri’s prowess truly came to the fore in the prestigious Vice President’s Cup where he claimed the gold medal in all three rounds, helping Al Wahda rack up important points which ultimately helped them seal third place in the overall tournament standings.
Tricks of the Trade – Three Jiu-Jitsu techniques that you can trust!
Similar to the side mount, this is one of the most common transition moves from a side mount to block your opponent's move to bring his legs underneath you. The North South is considered to be an excellent base from which to attempt several submission techniques. It is essential to stretch out your legs straight and put your weight through your chest on the opponent. This position will allow the fighter to hold on to his opponent's belt, helping the fighter effectively pin down his opponent.
A favourite tactic of aggressive fighters, the Back Mount involves the fighter placing himself behind the opponent with his legs around the opponent's mid-body. It is key to ensure that the fighter's feet are securely hooked around the opponent to avoid being thrown off. The Back Mount can be executed even when the fighter is on his back with the opponent attempting to roll him off. However, it is crucial that the feet hooked around the opponent are not crossed in order to avoid giving the opponent a chance to attempt an easy foot lock.